Finance Minister Arlene Foster and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have launched a new economic development strategy for the Mid Ulster District Council.
The Finance Minister Arlene Foster stressed economic development was at the heart of the Northern Ireland Executive’s work and its number one priority was to grow the economy and create jobs.
“I welcome the new Mid Ulster Economic Development Plan which is both innovative and ambitious and delivers a clear message that Mid Ulster is most definitely ‘open for business’,” she said at the launch in Stormont.
“The new Mid Ulster District Council now has an unprecedented potential to develop opportunities for growth in higher value added sectors and the potential for export growth principally in agri-food, manufacturing and construction.
“I am confident that Mid Ulster will continue to play a vital role as central and local government continue to work together to sustain economic growth and increase wealth and prosperity for everyone in Northern Ireland.”
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness - a former Sinn Féin MP for the constituency - also welcomed the strategy.
“I welcome this report and trust the findings will provide useful information that will help inform and shape future policy, benefiting the people of Mid Ulster for generations,” he said.
“This report is timely as it clearly identifies and addresses opportunities arising from representing new people, new places and delivering new administrative powers.
“As the fastest growing population of the new Council’s the challenges will only get greater but with hard work, and a plan which everyone works towards we will be much better placed to meet them head on and maximise the impact and effectiveness of resources.
“We stand ready to support both the Mid Ulster District Council and everyone who lives in the area.”
A number of Mid Ulster councillors travelled to Stormont for the launch of the strategy, including DUP Councillor Kim Ashton, deputy Chair Mid Ulster District Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council and DUP Councillor Frances Burton.